Category Archives: Reviews

Lifelong Learning Meets Online Learning: What I Learned While Earning my Online Teaching Endorsement

/ January 19, 2018/ How to Be Brave, Online Teaching, Reflections, Reviews

For the past year, I’ve been on a journey of lifelong learning as I complete the Online Teaching program at Millersville University.  I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to take a sabbatical, too, because it allowed me to extend my maternity leave and spend more time with my daughter.  As this time comes to an end, though, it’s

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NoteBookCast Online Whiteboard Review

/ November 20, 2017/ Online Teaching, Reviews, Tech Tips

As part of my sabbatical classes in Millersville University’s Online Teaching endorsement program, I’m reviewing NoteBookCast as a creative tool. NoteBookCast is a completely web-based online whiteboard tool that allows two or more people to draw, write, and create on the same whiteboard space.  It doesn’t even require registration to use it, which makes it particularly ideal for elementary school

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Review: “Making Makers” by AnnMarie Thomas

/ December 20, 2014/ Books, Makerspace!, Reflections, Reviews

After reading “Invent to Learn” by Gary Stager and Sylvia Libow Martinez, I learned about LOTS of great makers and the kits they make/sell to encourage students to create and to learn.  One of those kits is AnnMarie Thomas’s Squishy Circuits kit that uses salt dough (like Play-Doh™) for electronic wires.  Last year, I bought a Squishy Circuits kit to

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littleBits in the Library: Base Kit and Premium Kit Reviews

/ May 8, 2014/ How to Be Brave, Library Space, Makerspace!, Reviews

In case you haven’t been following my library makerspace adventures, I purchased a “Student Set” of littleBits™ this past fall to start a makerspace.  (UPDATE 2017: The Student Set is now discontinued.  Try the STEAM Student Set or Gizmos and Gadgets Kit, 2nd ed. instead). I had very few ideas about what an elementary school makerspace might look like, but

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